Services Unique to The Hotel Del Coronado

Our discussion of more Hotel Del wedding venues will have to wait until tomorrow…I am just too excited to share some unique services to the resort!

It’s happened to many of us…we are enjoying a delicious picnic lunch on the beach, or an early dinner on a resort patio…and in dives a seagull to steal our meal.  Urrrg!  Or perhaps worse…we are  bombed with a “seagull surprise.”  Well, that doesn’t have to be the case at the Hotel Del where a falconer is employed.  Enter Jorge Herrera, as seen below.

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According to a hotel source “…Herrera doesn’t have to do much more than show up to scare the gulls. The simple tactic of walking around with his hawk on a perch or doing short flights is enough to flush the pesky birds away. It’s an easy job for the predators….What George does is he brings in his birds sets them up here on our Windsor Lawn then he will walk around the property… The birds of prey… frighten the other smaller birds and the seagulls.”

Think this would be a good idea for your wedding at the Hotel Del?  It is advisable to contact hotel staff and see if this is a routine thing, or if there is an up-charge for your event.  During my stay, I saw a falconer walking the perimeter of the “Windsor Lawn”.  It was fascinating, and the hawk so majestic.

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Hey, guys, want to surprise your bride with a “little something extra” on her wedding day?  How about a sand castle on the beach of the Hotel Del?  The Sandcastle Man, Bill Pavlacka, shares his talent with the Hotel Del – for a fee of course.  While, yes, it will eventually wash away, photos will last forever!  I just love this idea.

Just can’t get enough of the Hotel Del Coronado, and want to return after your Destination Wedding?  Another novel approach “The Del” has taken is the creation of it’s “Club At the Del” Details follow below from their own website hoteldel.com

“This private beach and social club membership provides VIP access to the legendary resort and the luxuries of Beach Village on a daily basis. Members experience the best of what Hotel del Coronado and Beach Village at The Del have to offer, whether it’s a beach party, wine dinner, sunrise yoga, surf lesson or holiday celebration. Enjoy secluded pools, private full-service beach cabanas, an executive locker room with whirlpool and steam room, fitness center and classes, along with fireside dining and sunset libations in the glamorous Windsor Cottage clubhouse.

Members also receive preferred rates on resort services and amenities like fine dining at 1500 OCEAN and relaxing treatments at the spa. Entertainment includes a full social calendar of events from comedy nights and beach barbecues to live music and holiday galas. Club Adventures take members to sporting events, horse races and more.

Experience the iconic Hotel del Coronado as your own private club.

Member Access

  • The Del’s state-of-the-art Fitness Center
  • Executive-style member’s only locker room
  • The Beach Village pool (only Beach Village owners and guests also have access)
  • The Main pool and Boardwalk (adult-only) pool
  • The Windsor Club Cottage (a member’s ocean-view cottage/social area)
  • Private, full-service beach area”

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My photo above…One seating area for the private club members.  Love having sofas right on the sand.

Tomorrow, I’ll share with you about more ceremony/reception options at the resort.  And then…about the unique lighting fixtures, created by a very famous man…

Hotel Del Coronado History

Ah…the Hotel Del Coronado’s History… Did I captivate your interest yesterday?  Are you waiting with baited breath to read about the ghost that supposedly haunts the Hotel Del?

Well, here you go…according to the Hotel’s own “Press Room” on it’s web page,

Kate Morgan, age 24, arrived on Thanksgiving Day, alone and unhappy. According to hotel employees, she said she was waiting for a gentleman to join her. After five lonely days, Kate took her own life.

At the time of her death, police could find nothing to positively identify her, so a description of Kate was telegraphed to police agencies around the country. As a result, newspapers began to refer to Kate as the “beautiful stranger.” After Kate Morgan’s identity was confirmed – she was married but estranged from her husband – it was surmised that she had arrived at The Del hoping to rendezvous with a lover.

Kate had been employed as a domestic in a wealthy Los Angeles household. From there, she traveled by train to the hotel, where fellow passengers reported that a woman matching Kate’s description had argued with a male companion, who then deserted her en route. During her stay, Kate was described as sickly and sorrowful, venturing into San Diego to buy a handgun, and the San Diego coroner later confirmed that Kate had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Ghost of Kate Morgan

According to the hotel’s book, Beautiful Stranger: The Ghost of Kate Morgan and the Hotel del Coronado, since that time, guests and employees have attested to ghostly goings-on. Most have to do with Kate’s original third-floor guestroom, where visitors have experienced flickering lights, a television that turns itself on and off, breezes coming from nowhere, inexplicable scents and sounds, items moving of their own accord, doors that randomly open and close, abrupt changes in room temperature, and unexplained footsteps and voices. The story of Kate Morgan continues to intrigue hotel visitors, and the room in which she stayed is the most requested guestroom at the hotel.”

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And that’s not all…In it’s long history, the Hotel Del has played host to many a celebrity.

The list is extensive: Bette Davis, Gary Cooper, Kirk Douglas, Judy Garland, Maureen O’Hara, Mickey Rooney, Lana Turner, Rudy Vallee, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Joan Crawford, Walt Disney, Groucho and Harpo Marx, Donna Reed, Dinah Shore, Loretta Young , Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Liberace, Ronald Reagan, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, as well as Goldie Hawn, Sylvester Stallone, and Renee Russo.  Whew!

More current celebs don’t wish to be left out.  They include: Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Seth Rogen, Robert Downey Jr., Eva Mendes, Will Farrell, Shakira, Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, Kevin Costner, Jack Nicholson, Oprah Winfrey, Julia-Louis-Dreyfus, Whoopie Goldberg, and Steven Spielberg.  (Press Room, Hoteldel.com)

Several movies were made at the Hotel Del, one of the most iconic?  “Some Like it Hot” with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.  HotelDel733

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And really…who WOULDN’T want to visit this gorgeousness?  Tomorrow…let’s talk weddings, and why this might be the perfect place to say, “I do”!   (PS – notice the blue bridge in the background of the above photo.  That’s how one travels by car to reach the “island”)

 

Things You Might Not Have Thought of For Your Wedding Day

Here are a few things you should think of before your wedding day …

  1. Try on your dress a week before the wedding! There may be a missing snap, a strap may need to be sewn, there could be a little makeup transferred from you to the dress the last time you tried it on (that can be easily removed if done properly and you have time!)

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2. Consider more than one pair of shoes for your big day.  Slippers to pad around in while getting ready, ceremony shoes, and dancin’ shoes!  One of my daughters chose the Keds below.  She danced all night and her feet never hurt!

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3. Schedule a meet with both your DJ and your photographer two weeks before your wedding.  That way you can select your music, and inform your photographer of “Must Have Shots”.

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Alright, I’ll admit the above photo is a candid taken by the groom’s aunt.  But some things can’t be staged.  Loved the look my son-in-law is giving my daughter…

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But perhaps you dream of a photo such as the one above…plan it out!

4. Get your ring STEAM cleaned.  No jewelry sparkles more than with a good stream clean.  I took time to do so on my wedding day, and I’m glad I did – although probably should have done it the day before…

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Photo creds: Photographer from Honeymoon in Jamaica

5. If you’re leaving the country for your honeymoon, locate your passport at least a week before your wedding.  If you have to get an emergency one, you’ll have time.  For more on that disaster potential, read bout my own story… The Lost Passport   That link is only part of the story…if you’d like to find out how it ends, you’ll have to go on a mini-scavenger hunt on this blog to find part II…  🙂

 

 

The NON-Flower Bridal Bouquet

What?  The NON-Flower Bridal Bouquet ?  Believe it or not, this is becoming a huge trend.  And in some cases, it’s less expensive that the traditional bouquet made of blooms.  Sometimes…more.  Just look at he bouquet below.  Have you ever seen one as lovely?  I don’t think I have.  Whoever created it is a true artist.  And I have a feeling that at least one of the embedded broaches has some sentimental value.

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I can hardly believe that the bouquet below is made of paper.  It is exquisite, and just think…you would not have to hire an expensive company to preserve it.  Yes, it may become a little “shop worn” through the years, but it should age rather well. Maybe a spray lacquer?  It’s available on etsy.com, I have included a link directly to the company if you’re interested.

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The bouquet below is lovely AND novel. I love the sentiments that go with each herb.  While the idea is sweet, the bouquet is not all that attractive.  Not sure I’d choose it…

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And this really couldn’t be an alternative bouquet post without one featuring the succulents I so love.  I used to almost hate them…they were ‘such the thing’ in Southern California where I grew up.  I didn’t like or appreciate them.  Maybe that’s why I’m so enamored now?

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Hum…not so sure about the next “bouquet” if you can call it that…I find nothing appealing about it, but we are all different.

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And last on our list… the pearl bouquet.  Traditional, and once again, no need to preserve it.  It will be forever young.  And I’m sure it will stand the test of time even better than the paper bouquet.

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What will you choose?  Flowers for “the moment” or something more long lasting?